The final nail in the coffin of the BAE plant in Brough was announced to the dismay of the local community this week.
East Riding Labour Councillor Josh Newlove said, “800 job losses meant that the mood at the Brough BAE plant was inevitably one of anger and sadness but poor communication from BAE and the Government is adding to the workers’ anguish.”
One affected worker said that “people are getting angry because they know they’re losing their livelihoods but they’re not sure when. They know they might have to uproot their families but they’re not sure when. They need the information for some security and there’s no confidence in top-level management decisions about the move”.
The local Labour Party feels it is the government’s job to get this information and Cllr Newlove called on Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable and his Tory colleague Employment Minister Chris Grayling to urgently issue a statement showing a clear plan of action to help those affected families.
The local Labour representatives want to make sure that those being laid off can carve a way through this mess and have some certainty and reassurance.
Cllr Newlove is concerned about the way information has been issued by BAE. “People I have spoken to have had to read about their own job losses in the press and that just isn’t good enough. We understand that people are even having trouble seeking voluntary redundancies. Whilst the situation is beyond repair the government can ease this shock and prevent the confusion. We would like BAE to issue a statement which gives worried employees a clear timeline of when decisions affecting jobs will be made in the future as well as how and why the decisions were made in the first place. We would also appreciate details of what was actually done to explore other avenues with the Government”.